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drank Riotous Rose by T2
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Finally busted open this box that’s been on the shelf forever, because its Best Before is on the horizon. Eep! I gotta up my tea-drinking ante!

I think I originally picked this up to use as a blend-with-others tea. In fact, I’m almost certain of it. And yet I tried it the other night on its own, just for a spot-check. It’s fine. It’s quite tart. I’m going to check out the T2 website to see how many blends it goes into and then maybe play with those.

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drank Herbal Masala Chai by Shaan
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I went out of my way to grab some lemons the other night because I could no longer resist my craving for some of this, and the only way I can truly enjoy it is with a squeeze of lemon, because I still can’t get over how weirdly creamy it turns this blend. YUM, YUM, YUM. I think I’m going to have to restock this, my supplies are dwindling and I don’t think I can live without it in the cupboard.

Though I did have a (forgotten) cup of it cold next to the bed this morning and that was a bit weird. Might microwave it.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by David's Tea
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Gosh darn it, I thought this would be a sipdown but somehow I never added this sample to my cupboard. It’s fine. IT’S FINE.

It’s heading into winter in little old Hobart town and the air has gotten quite crisp in the last couple of weeks (WELCOME, WINTER!!!). It’s a nice quiet Monday night on the desk at work so I’ve brewed this up to sip while watching My Shows.

Uh… it’s really tasty? Not sure why the negativity from others, I’m not getting any overwhelmingly punchy spice, it all sits nicely and it smells LOVELY. I brewed in a pot with maybe 3/4 hot water, 1/4 steamed milk, added a little bit of honey and yum! Just what I wanted it to be for this kind of weather.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemongrass & Ginger by T2
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Another bloody marvellous sipdown! So proud of myself! Only half a million left to go! Ai.

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drank White White Cocoa by T2
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drank Masala Chai by Monstrositea
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CHAIDAY CHAIDAY CHAIDAY! I’ve been looking forward to a ridiculous day like this for a while. Cold and under blanket, no plans, back to back movies, and a big delicious pot of masala on my lap, brewed up on the stove. And a wee bit hungover.


Jealous of your ridiculous and relaxing day! :)

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drank La Luotuo-De by Tippity
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No! How did this get so low! Do I really only have a couple of cups left? HRMMM.

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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I don’t know how I feel about calling this a breakfast tea, not quite enough guts. I don’t think. But it’s definitely tasty as heck. I tried it for the first time with milk and sugar today, maybe I’ll try with just a splash of milk next time?

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Drank the last of this in the same fashion as last night’s strawberry & cream – delicious warming soy lattes! This is far less sweet than last night’s (and it didn’t help that I was bolstering with honey last night and decided not to tonight) but this is definitely my pick of the matchas I’ve tried, and I’m not the only one by the looks of it. Shazam.

A sipdown AND my 800th tasting note, this calls for a celebration!

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Hooray, another sipdown! I’ve been trying to be ruthless over the last few months and not buy any new teas, but I suppose my ruthlessness only extends to not buying MANY new teas… I couldn’t resist going into Lupicia in Melbourne the other day, but that’s fair, because who knows when I’ll next be back in Melbourne? And I have picked up a T2 box here or there, but only a limited edition one… I swear. I swear.

I believe this sample came from VariaTEA last year… finally getting to the end of the delicious Red Leaf flavoured matchas and I will be sad to farewell them as they’ve been brilliant dessert options to have around. I’ve cheated tonight and finished this one off at work, where I’ve got access to a lovely big steamer and some delicious soy milk, so it’s Soy Matcha Latte Sunday in my hood. No regrets. Bloody marvellous.

I’m in danger of eating all the ginger kisses, too, if I’m not too careful.

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Translating my ratings, at a glance:

95 — this must always be in my pantry. forever.
90 — excellent! you need to try this tea!
85 — very good! you should try this tea!
80-70 — I enjoyed this and will happily drink it again.
65-50 — Fine. Unremarkable.
45-35 — this wasn’t the worst drink ever but I was disappointed; it didn’t live up to my expectations at all.
30-0 — I didn’t enjoy this tea and that makes me sad.


Grandad got me started young, white (a LOT of white) Irish breakfast with two.

I never strayed far from that until the world of T2 Tea came to Brisbane some years ago, and now I don’t know what I’d do without a pantry full of tea options.

These days I prefer to drink my teas straight without sweetener (though I appreciate some black variations shine better with milk and/or a dash of honey/sugar). I also love a speedy iced tea (hot brewed then poured over ice), and my latest obsession is cold brewing (which doesn’t make a lot of sense, as Australia is headed into winter and I live in the coldest corner of the country, but oh well).

I’d love to make a bunch of tea friends on here, especially those who can talk Aussie teas with me. I’ve recently come back from a jaunt to North America and it was a real hoot to hit up DAVIDsTEA after reading so many reviews! I wish I’d had the chance to get to more stores… but I’m happy with what I got back past customs. See those teas and my local jams in my reviews.

+ black teas
+ white teas
+ oolongs
+ flavoured versions of all three of the above
+ herbal infusions and fruit tisanes

+ most green teas
+ LICORICE ROOT (my sworn enemy) and aniseed flavours


Hobart, Australia



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